The “Flat,” as we affectionately call it, has become a Fourth of July tradition around Portland. The course, as the name implies, is about the flattest and fastest half and full marathon on the West Coast.
But in addition to the fast times expected from completing this event, runners and walkers will be treated to the beautiful sights of Sauvie Island, including thousands of songbirds, majestic bald eagles, and picturesque farmland that most of the island residents subsist off of.
Oh yeah, don’t forget the island-fresh strawberry shortcake!
- Krisi Quayle reviewed 2 years ago
- last edited 2 years ago
Love this one for so many reasons! Only downside is the cost. Great atmosphere!
This was my first marathon! I ran it in 2013 and came back to spectate and cheer in 2014. This race is extremely well organized. Parking is crazy so plan on getting over the bridge and onto the island EARLY. The course is flat with a few small rollers. There are several aide stations providing water, nuun and shot bloks. They also have a decent spread at the finish… hot dogs, strawberry shortcake and some kiddie pools filled with ice water to soak your tired legs.
The energy at this race is great! So fun running on the 4th of July… gets the holiday off to a great start!
This race is a must if you haven’t ran it. The atmosphere is really great and the area where the race takes place is beautiful. The course is pancake flat so you can run fast at this race. It can get hot so it is nice they start the race early. There are lots of porta-potties around before hand and the strawberry shortcake after is really nice! I did hear that they ran out of water for the marathon one year but i don’t ever remember having an issue with a water shortage. Parking has been an issue in the past so i just made sure to get to the race REALLY early. I haven’t ran this race in the past few years so parking may have changed.
This is a must-do for any half or full marathon addict. It truly is flat, so it attracts some super fast runners, and is great for first-timers. Scenic course through some beautiful countryside. It is usually pretty hot (by Oregon standards) so be prepared for the temps to rise quickly. Course support is adequate. If you take the shuttle, tuck some money into your tights so you can shop at the cute farm store. Slower runners may finish to find the ice baths to be pools of warm water. There are no wave starts or pace markings at the start, so the beginning is always a cluster of people who run varying speeds trying to not mash each other. I don’t know why they won’t do wave starts or have an early start for walkers. I even saw a pregnant walker line up in the very front of the line. The parking is nuts — if you want to drive yourself, get there even earlier than you planned on, or take one of the earliest shuttles if you get stressed easily about arriving on time. There’s always a backup of traffic.